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Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Lake Tititcaca 10 Days

With this program you will travel through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to find yourself meeting Andean locals and learning about their lives, exploring the mystical Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo and Moray, visiting the colorful Andean markets of Pisaq, and uncovering the secrets of the Capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco City. We have developed this tour to make of your vacations in Peru a deeply unforgettable and wonderful experience. 

Day 1 Cusco / Sacred Valley
Day 2 Sacred Valley:  Amaru Community & Pisaq
Day 3 Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo, Maras & Moray
Day 4 Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Day 5 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 6 Cusco: City Tour & Day at Leisure
Day 7 Bus ride: Cusco – Puno
Day 8 Amantani Island / Lake Titicaca
Day 9 Puno / Lake Titicaca
Day 10 Juliaca – Lima

Day 1 Cusco / Sacred Valley
Pick up and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas; once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. It is the best way to avoid the altitude sickness. Since it is at 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley. The rest of the afternoon is to relax.

  • Overnight in Sacred Valley (Altitude: 2900m, 9500ft)

Day 2 Sacred Valley:  Amaru Community & Pisaq
In the morning, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel take you to the Andean community of Amaru, where you will experience in Peru the daily life of a typical mountain community and observe how the people weave textiles, such as belts and blankets, and how they grow and harvest their produce. You will also have the opportunity to taste the delicious different types of Andean potatoes and corn. We will then continue through the Sacred valley to visit Pisaq, which has a large daily market full of goods for both tourists and locals. This market is where villagers come from the mountains to sell their home-grown produce and unique handmade arts and crafts. It is highly recommended for having a wide variety of interesting souvenirs at great prices. After you have shopped to your heart’s content, we will drive you to a private hacienda to enjoy a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you will be taken to your hotel where you can spend time relaxing and enjoying the spectacular landscape of the Sacred Valley. (B)

  • Overnight in Sacred Valley

Day 3 Sacred Valley: Ollantaytambo, Maras & Moray
In the morning, your private tour guide and driver will take you off the beaten path to Maras, a typical Andean village. Here you will walk through the streets and get a sense that you are walking during the time of the Incas as a lot of the culture has remained very similar. Next, we will drive you to the incredible circular terraces of Moray, which were used as an Incan laboratory to acclimatize crops. After exploring Moray, you will have an opportunity to visit the salt mines of Maras to see and learn about an ancient pre-Incan method of producing salt. After this visit, you will have the choice of either a short 1 hour trek to the Vilcanota River or drive you to the Restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, you will have a private tour of Ollantaytambo, one of the last Incan refuges during Spanish colonization. You will step back in time as many of the houses and buildings continue to stand from the Incan empire and display original architecture. You will be invited to enter one of these houses to observe the building and the way in which the people used to live. We will then take you to visit the powerful and impressive Ollantaytambo ruins, (B)

  • Overnight in Sacred Valley

Day 4 Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
In the morning, your driver and tour guide will meet you at your hotel in the Sacred Valley and take you to Ollantaytambo Train Station. From here, you will board the Vistadome Train for a spectacular hour and a half scenic journey to Aguas Calientes. Upon your arrival in the afternoon, you will visit the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu, ‘The Lost City of the Incas’ and begin your expedition around this sacred Incan site. As there are not as many people in the afternoons, it is more peaceful and enjoyable. You will learn about the history and visit the remarkable temples of the Sun and the Condor. You will also see aqueducts and houses, while learning some interesting facts about the Sacred Incan Terraces. After a nice sunset, you will return back to Aguas Calientes. (B, L)

  • Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Altitude: 2000m, 6500ft)

Day 5 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Today, You may wish to revisit Machu Picchu and enjoy one of the many short trekking options, such as the one to the Sun Gate for an impressive view overlooking Machu Picchu or a visit to the Incan Bridg e, a secret entrance for the Incan Army. The most adventurous travelers should not miss the mountain climb to the summit of Huayna Picchu. There are two scheduled entrance times at 7am and 10am and there’s a limit of 400 climbers per day so you need to book this with us in advance. Or the more challenging Putukusy Mountain climb for an impressive view of the Machu Picchu citadel. In the afternoon, you will board the Vistadome Train to Ollantaytambo before being taken to your hotel in Cusco. (B)

  • Overnight in Cusco. (Altitude: 3400m, 11150ft)

Day 6 Cusco: Cusco City tour & Day at Leisure
Free morning. Afternoon City Tour including nearby ruins. Leaving early by vehicle we wind our way on the road to Sacsayhuaman, a vast fortress built on three platforms, overlooking the city of Cusco. From here we continue to Kenko, a site of worship with a high rock carved into the shape of a Puma which dominates a series of canals, passageways painted with animals. Return to Cusco, and visit the main sites around the Plaza de Armas - The Cathedral, The Inca walls with its 12 angled stone and the Sun Temple. of Koricancha inside the Santo Domingo Temple. At the end of the walk through the city you will end at your lodging facility.  (B)
Day 7 Bus ride: Cusco - Puno
After breakfast our journey continues through the high plateau to Puno. Our full day overland journey through the majestic Andes will astound you. We’ll cover close to 400km (250 mi), go over mountain passes at 4,334m (14,222ft) above sea level, visit some of our favorite sites on the way which is shown below. Approximate arrival in Puno is 5:00pm.
ANDAHUAYLILLAS: It is named the "Sixtine Chapel of America" and in some sense the comparison examples of the Andean popular religious art. The church of Andahuayliaas is a jewerly of the mestizo baroque architecture that developed in Cusco. Its nave presents profuse decoration, especially in the celling decorated with carved panels which is a recover with pan de oro (type of gold decoration).
RAQCHI (Temple of Wiracocha God): To 121 Km of Cusco, it was an Inca church of monumental dimensions: 100 meters of length by 26 meters of wide and 14 meters of height; the temple is divided in two naves and each nave shows basics of 11 giant columns. The bases of the church are bulit perfectly carving stones continued with adobe. It is aprpreciated besides qolqas or granary places of military order, religious, Inka between others.
LA RAYA: Media point in the rout of Cusco - Puno. It is the highest part, it has 4335 meters above sea level, we can appreciate beautiful landscapes, llamas and vivuñas, geographic union between two cultures quechua and aymara, we can see the Altiplano arid and dry union with the quechua zone with rivers and valleys.
PUKARA: It is the most important and oldest ceremonial center of the Altiplano, preceding to tiahunaco, characterized by a series oh echelon platforms ceremonial center. It's also possible to appreciate interesting litosculptures, trails or tomb stone of intriguing personage that seems to show evidence of a brave civilization. Here is where it was discovered the origins of the Andean culture in the Altiplano.
Puno, a city of 150,000 inhabitants, is considered by local populations to be a linguistic, cultural and political border. To the south toward Bolivia the Aymara people and language are dominant. To the north, the better-known Quechua is the dominant tongue. Fortunately, you will see both. (B, L) 
Day 8 Amantani Island / Lake Titicaca
After breakfast, our local guide will take us to the floating reed islands of the Uros and then on to Amantani Island by motor boat. The Uros people are a specific cultural group apart from the Incas. They are more sensitive and protective. We ask that visitors always proceed with respect. Please ask before snapping pictures, as some of the older generation will object
The locals are very friendly and produce souvenirs representing life on the Lake. You can support them by buying a souvenir if you choose.
After the Uros, we will take a step back in time as we arrive to Amantani. The island culture offers a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs. A rural home stay will open your eyes to the true beauty of this place and the people that have inhabited the lake for thousands of years. All local food and beverages included. (B, L, D) 
Day 9 Puno / Lake Titicaca
We’ll start with an early wake up call to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Lake Titicaca before visiting the neighboring island of Taquile. Famous for textiles and weavings, Taquile is a cultural treasure chest. We’ll spend an hour hiking to the summit of Taquile Island before enjoying lunch overlooking the Lake Titicaca. Our lunch will include local favorites, trout or kingfish, before heading back to Puno. (B, L) 
Day 10 Juliaca – Lima  
We have a short drive to the Juliaca airport before a flight to Lima. Our services end today after a quick flight back to Lima and transfer to the airport for your ongoing international connection. We can arrange an additional post tour accommodation in Lima or Cusco upon client request. (B)

End our services
You can Add on this Trip:  Amazon Rainforest, Titicaca Lake, Colca Canyon, and other extension tours or treks. Let us know.

What’s Included           

  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
  • All accommodations and Homestay as per itinerary
  • All land transport along the route (Van, Bus, Train & Boat)
  • Guide service throughout as per itinerary
  • Tours and Excursions as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees for included excursions
  • All breakfasts
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast /BL: Boxed Lunch / L: Lunch / D: Dinner)

What’s Not Included

  • Domestic and International Flights
  • International departure taxes and excess baggage fees
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Insurance
  • Meals (see above)
  • Alcohol, Drinks
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/day-tours/excursions